Job Vacancies UN Women
Position: Online Technology Expert
Location: United States of America ( The )
Closing Date: Wednesday, 05 October 2011
Job Vacancies Background
The Fund for Gender Equality is a new $68 million, multi-donor initiative designed to advance innovative, high-impact programmes that focus on women’s economic and political empowerment at local and national levels, in line with national development plans and priorities. Launched in December 2008 with an initial contribution of EUR 50 million (US$65 million) from the Government of Spain, and subsequently joined by the government of Norway, the Fund for Gender Equality provides grants on a competitive basis to civil society and governmental partners in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Arab States, Latin America and the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The Fund is unique in its focus on supporting partners to turn local and national laws and policies into tangible gains for women’s rights.
The Fund for Gender Equality is managed by UN WOMEN, and is guided by a Steering Committee composed of donor, UN and other multilateral agencies and civil society organizations’ representatives. A Technical Committee, composed of experts in women’s economic and political empowerment from every region of the world, reviews proposals and makes recommendations for funding to the Steering Committee. Knowledge management, communication, monitoring and evaluation aspects of the Fund are central to its operations.
Over the past two years FGE has used technology to manage and facilitate the grant-making process. In 2009 FGE commission the creation of an online application to assist in the grant making process. The main features of the data allowed grantees to submit their proposals online. Due to time restraints all the necessary features were not implemented.
As FGE begins the next round of grant-making it is looking for a consultant to immediately improve and reconfigure the current online application to reflect the needs of the 2011-2012 Call for Proposals. The online application must be updated to reflect the new Grant Application. Additional, FGE’s current needs require a more complex system that will help manage workflows, facilitate the grant review and ranking process and improve usability.
UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women:
The UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women (‘UN Trust Fund’) was established by General Assembly Resolution 50/166, with UN Women as the Fund’s Administrator on behalf of the UN system. The UN Trust Fund is a leading multi-lateral grant-making mechanism providing support for governments, non-governmental organizations and UN Country Teams working to address the global pandemic of violence against women and girls. To date, the UN Trust Fund has awarded over $78 million to 339 organizations in 127 countries and territories. With its annual call for proposals, the UN Trust Fund receives close to 2,000 applications a year, having received 2,572 applications in response to its 2010 Call for Proposals alone.
Since 2010, the UN Trust Fund has also used technology to manage and facilitate its online application process. Following the FGE, the UN Trust Fund commissioned the creation of an online application database for users to submit their concept note applications and full-fledged proposals, and for UN Trust Fund Secretariat and focal points in the field as well as external experts to review and rank applications and proposals.
As the UN Trust Fund launches an annual Call for Proposals, it is now seeking the services of a consultant to update and reconfigure its current online application to reflect changes made based on the Fund’s 2011 Call for Proposals. The online forms have to be updated per the new Call document, Concept Note and accompanying assessment criteria, taking into account feedback received from the UN Trust Fund’s interagency Programme Advisory Committee (PAC).
Job Vacancies Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and Key Results Expected
As part of UN Women’s and specifically the UN Trust Fund and FGE efforts to use technology to help facilitate business process related to the grant-making cycle and knowledge management, the Funds are commissioning the upgrade of their current Online Application systems.
The Funds next grant-making cycles are scheduled to being in October and November respectively, therefore they are looking for a consultant who can start working on these two distinct databases immediately. As shown by the tasks below these projects are very complex and require a strong programming background along with experience with grant-making. The online applications must both display in multiple languages (Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Russian for FGE and English, French, Spanish for the UN Trust Fund) and allow data to be entered in the corresponding language. Characters must display correctly so that exported data can be used for reporting. Additionally, the system must be able to accommodate data from previous grant cycles so that Fund staff can access current as well as old applications. The workflow deliverables will also be challenging, the grant review process is multi-tiered and involves a variety of users. The programmer will have to map out the process for both FGE and the UN Trust Fund and ensure that the necessary user types are created to and that they have the appropriate access. Applications also have to be assigned to a variety of users and there must be a manner to assign applications by batch and individually.
Under the supervision and guidance of the FGE’s Knowledge Management and Information Systems Specialist, and UN Trust Fund’s Section Chief and Programme Analyst, the Database Programmer will: (please note, each Fund will require the construction of a separate database).
I. Design, develop and host a web portal for the UN Trust Fund’s and FGE’s 2011 Call for Proposals, including online application processing and assessment and password protected backend administrative access to database (for concept note applications). The portal should provide online processing capabilities for applicants to submit concept note applications in customized data fields in English, French and Spanish. The application will need to have autosave features as well as an ‘application inspector.’ In addition the programmer will be expected to create custom reports and filters to help sort the applications.
II. Design, develop and host a restricted web portal for the assessment process. Create a password protected backend with administrative access to database for Concept Note Applications and Assessments. Create a backend that reviewers can use to sort and search applications based on a set of filter criteria (e.g. geographic scope, application focus area, type of applicant organizations, etc). The portal should provide online processing capabilities for reviewers to submit assessments in customized data fields in English, French and Spanish.
III.Design, develop and host a web portal for shortlisted applicants, including online application processing and password protected backend administrative access to database (for full-fledged proposal applications). The online application consists of contents comparable to 8-page Full-Fledged Proposal Form, including customized input fields and document upload capabilities. This should be translated to 7 web pages on the online application (including the introduction and submission pages). The portal should provide online processing capabilities for applicants to submit full-fledged proposal applications in customized data fields in English, French and Spanish. Specific features will include autosave, print to PDF and ‘application inspector.’
The programmer will be expected to be well versed in programming best practices and also make suggestions on how to improve the functionality and security of the twp systems.
Job Vacancies Competencies
* Demonstrates integrity by upholding the United Nations’ values and ethical standards;
* Promotes UN WOMEN vision, mission and strategic goals;
* Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age-based sensitivity and adaptability;
* Treats all people fairly.
* Masters degree in Information Technology , Computer Science, Business Management and/or Information Engineering or related disciplines or Three to Four years of progressive work experience in web design, programming and information technologies development
* Must have a solid knowledge base in Advanced Internet technologies and Object Oriented Programming.
* Must have the professional knowledge of tools and technologies used to develop the website as well as web applications that are integrated with the database.
* Must have three to Five demonstrable Software/Web/Database projects designed and developed by the applicant
Job Vacancies Project Management
* Excellent project management skills for results: translates strategy into achievable plans, with established priorities, monitors them, making periodic adjustments as required;
* Experience leading complex projects, including with a diverse range of constituents;
* Capacity to work with diverse partners including governments, civil society and women’s groups;
* Openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
* Ability to work independently;
* Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines;
* Ability to communicate effectively with and relate to people of different cultures, demonstrating an ability to see issues from other perspectives.
Job Vacancies Required Skills and Experience
* Advanced University degree or equivalent in Political Science, Communications, International Development Studies, Gender/Women’s Studies, Economics or Sociology, or related field.
* Ten years of work experience working as a database programmer
* Experience working on API’s
* Knowledge of and experience working on online grants applications
* Experience working with primary data desirable.
Applicants should submit the following to Fund.firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 5th, 2011:
* Updated CV and cover letter with a detailed description of experience relevant to this position
* 2 samples of work
* Salary Requirements
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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